Daily Dose of the Dub: Winterhawks sign Bevington, drop Miley from protected list, Thunderbirds list Toussaint

Winterhawks sign prospect Jonah Bevington, drop defenseman Ryan Miley

The Portland Winterhawks have signed 2003-born forward Jonah Bevington to a standard player agreement. Bevington was drafted in the fifth round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft by Portland and played with the OHA Edmonton Elite 15s this season. In 29 games, the Edmonton, AB native scored 13 goals and added 13 assists. He’s the fourth player to sign with Portland from their 2018 draft class.

The Winterhawks have also dropped defenseman Ryan Miley from their protected list to accommodate the listing of defensemen Devin Benson. Miley played three games for the Winterhawks this season and was held without a point. He spent the majority of the season with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL where he had one goal and four assists in 43 games.

Thunderbirds add Kaden Toussaint to protected list

The Seattle Thunderbirds have added Kaden Toussaint to their protected list after he was passed up in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. In 22 games with the Red Deer Rebels Bantam AAA Toussaint posted a 2.12 GAA and .919 save percentage. Our friends at DraftGeek had this to say about him:

“Toussaint is one of the most improved goalies in this year’s draft, he earned the starting role through playoffs over Mason Gatz and excelled early on at the Alberta Cup in April. Toussaint is an electrifying goalie who plays with aggressiveness and quickness. Gets up and down quickly, gets out to the top of his crease before the shot gets off and has the lateral footwork to adjust smoothly. Toussaint stays composed to outside shots. Always stays a couple of inches off his posts. Toussaint rebound control and overall positioning needs some work. Over exerts and puts himself out of position to make second stops. “

Wolf attending USA Hockey Goaltending Camp

Everett Silvertips goaltender Dustin Wolf is attending a development camp with USA Hockey with eight other goalies. USA Hockey says the camp is part of its “restructured approach for goaltending development and education designed to help American goaltenders reach their maximum potential and achieve success on the international stage.”

Johnson returns to Kelowna for 2019-20 season

The Kelowna Rockets have announced that Chadyn Johnson will be returning as their equipment manager for the 2019-20 season.

WHL refs head to Memorial Cup

WHL referees Tarrington Wyonzek and Chris Crich have been named to the officiating staff for the 2019 Memorial Cup. Wyonzek and Crich were part of the officiating staff for Game 7 of the WHL final.

World U-17 Challenge Tickets go on sale

Early bird tickets for the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge are on-sale until June 18th. This year’s tournament will run from October 31st to until November 9th and features teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Russia and the U.S.A.

Heponiemi signs entry-level contract with Panthers

The Florida Panthers have announced the signing of prospect Aleksi Heoponiemi to a 3-year, entry-level contract. Heponiemi played 156 games with the Swift Current Broncos and had 56 goals and 148 assists. He exploded on to the scene in the 2017-18 season with 118 points to finish third in WHL Scoring. He was originally drafted in the second round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Panthers and spent this year playing in Finland.

Moran signs Three-Year Contract Extension with Calgary Canucks 

The Calgary Canucks of the AJHL have announced they’ve signed WHL alumni Brad Moran to a three-year contract extension to remain with the team as Head Coach while also promoting him to the role of General Manager. Moran played 357 games in the WHL with the Calgary Hitmen and scored 204 goals and adding 246 assists before being drafted by the Buffalo Sabres.

 

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